MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
Telephone: (516) 488-6100
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2019
Medical Society Supports SAM, NYSACHO and NYS PTA in Opposition to Legalized Recreational Marijuana
Statement attributable to:
Arthur Fougner, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York
“The Medical Society of the State of New York remains firm in its opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana and applauds Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), and the NYS PTA for their joint efforts in stopping the bill from moving forward.
“One of our chief concerns is that sufficient research and clinical study necessary for both legislators and voters to make an informed decision are sorely lacking. A major contributing factor is that marijuana continues to have a schedule I classification by the federal government, which significantly limits the comprehensive research that can be performed so that physicians and consumers can make informed decisions. We would therefore support reclassification of cannabis as Schedule II first to facilitate urgently needed further study.”
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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.
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